by Patrick Hoffman on 02/16/10 at 12:01 PM ET
From good friend of the blog Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:
He’s a goalie with a 2-3-1 record in February, who has given up 18 goals in six games and played to a save percentage of .850 or below in three of them. So the question for Team Canada Coach Mike Babcock over the last two weeks as been: Can Martin Brodeur(notes) start looking like Martin Brodeur again in the Olympics?
The decision to give Roberto Luongo(notes) the start in Canada’s first game of the tournament on Tuesday can be read several ways. Damien Cox saw it as a bit of scheduling genius ahead of the showdown against the U.S. on Sunday, as well as a little shock-and-awe for the Canadians before Game No. 1. But Babcock alluded to Brodeur’s workload with the New Jersey Devils as a factor, which brings to mind his uncharacteristic struggles this month.
Of course, Marty isn’t alone in struggling ahead of the Games. Luongo was pulled in his last start. Team USA starter Ryan Miller(notes) had given up 18 goals in five games before shutting down the San Jose Sharks in a 3-1 Buffalo Sabres’ win on Saturday.
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